Georgia History Fun Facts

Georgia is a part of the southeastern region of the United States nicknamed, “The Sunbelt.”

Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, is the largest infantry camp in the world.

Georgia’s National Baseball Hall of Fame member, Ty Cobb, was born in The Narrows in Banks County.

The last republican governor of Georgia was Benjamin Conley who served in 1871 and 1872.

The ship on the reverse side of the state seal represents Georgia’s exports.

Georgia was the first state to allow women full property rights.

The Carillion at Stone Mountain uses 732 different bell sounds to make music on the lake.

The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic was the SS Savannah.

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The first export of cotton to England was from St. Simons Island in 1788 by Alexander Bissel.

The most expensive British fort built in North America was Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island.

Perry is known as the Crossroads of Georgia because it is the closest city located near the geographic center of the state.

Cumberland Island is the largest undeveloped island on the Atlantic Coast.

The NS Savannah was the first nuclear powered merchant vessel.

Valdosta was known at one time as the smallest city in America with a street car system.

The John Randolph, the first iron sea vessel, was built in Savannah in 1834.

The world’s largest kitchen is located in Milledgeville at Central State Hospital. It is reported to be able to prepare 30,000 meals a day.

Charles Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist Church, served as General James Oglethorpe’s personal secretary.


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